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MR. EDWARD AMHERST OTT 183 REDPATH Figure EDWARD AMHERST OTT BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENTS Edward Amherst Ott was born in Youngstown, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1867. He was reared on a farm in Trumbull County, Ohio. He attended Hartford Academy a short time. Studied later under Dr. Tuckerman in Ashtabula County. He began teaching in Hartford, Trumbull County. Also began speaking and giving public entertainments at the age of eighteen. He studied and taught at Hiram College two years. He went to New York City at the age of twenty-two, to study the speech arts. Here he had a brief career on the stage, studying the methods of great actors and playwrights. He went to Waukegan, Ill., in 1891; but seven months later accepted a call to Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He acted as Dean of the College of Oratory and English for eleven years. During this period he gave much time to the platform, making political speeches, lecturing much before teachers' institutes and associations. In 1901, he opened a private school in Chicago. The ever-increasing lecture engagements interfered with this work to such an extent that the school was abandoned. He now reaches about two hundred thousand people each year, lecturing exclusively under the Redpath management. No one has more return dates than Prof. Ott. That he is highly esteemed among his fellow-workers is evidenced by the fact that he was elected President of the International Lyceum Association on three successive occasions. He is the author of a number of text-books used in many of the best colleges and high schools. SourGrapes, his published lecture, has passed through many editions. He is deeply interested in municipal service. His summer home and present address is at Waukegan, Illinois. The Old Homestead, 1870-1890 Hartford, Ohio Hartford Academy. Mr. Ott walked two and one-half miles each day during the winter to the old Academy. South New Lynne Institute. Where Mr. Ott graduated under Dr. Tuckerman in 1888. Hiram College. Mr. Ott studied and taught here 1889-1890. Bluff Garden at Mr. Ott's present home, Waukegan, Ill. Drake University where Mr. Ott held the chair of oratory for eleven years. CHARACTERISTICS OF EDWARD AMHERST OTT PROFESSIONAL LECTURER VERSATILE IN LIFE—Prof. Ott has spoken on all kinds of occasions—on the stump, on educational occasions, before teachers' institutes, Y. M. C. A. meetings, for churches; has had a dramatic experience on the professional stage; has spoken much in municipal campaigns for civic improvements, before business men's gatherings, and has filled more than four thousand dates on the lecture platform. POISED UNDER EXCITEMENT—He never runs away with himself. His voice is equal to the largest auditoriums but is low and mild in small buildings. For eleven years he trained voices for public speaking and matured in his own art the lessons he taught to others. CONTROL OF AUDIENCE—Audiences are never restless when Prof. Ott is on the platform. His hearers are controlled because he masters himself and speaks with authority. MATERIAL USED—His material is characterized by universal interest. He has had a wide and varied experience in life, but no personal matter ever creeps into his lectures. He does not talk about himself, his experiences or interests. He thinks the word I the ugliest one in the lecturer's vocabulary. His material is cosmopolitan. He develops a theme, and this after years of study. It takes him longer to make a new lecture than it did twenty years ago. HIS HUMOR—The humor of Mr. Ott is too elusive for description. Always kind to people he reserves his wit for follies and fads and trys to laugh error out of court. He tells few funny stories. He may set an audience into laughter with a half sentence. His humor consumes little time from his serious work. PLATFORM EXPERIENCE—It is estimated that over one and a half million people have heard his lectures. He has been speaking since he was eighteen years old and has lectured in nearly every state in the Union. EXACTING IN HIS ART—Prof. Ott is a severe critic of his own work and quick to accept suggested hints for improvement. He also wants art conditions. He almost demands a proper stage setting, foot-lights and proper furnishings. Sensitive as a race horse, he chafes at a poor start. Ventilation and bright light are his auditorium hobbies. He can always make people hear, but lights and ventilation must be furnished by others. APPEARANCE ON PLATFORM—Mr. Ott is five feet and ten inches tall. He weighs one hundred and eighty-five pounds, and is possessed of great physical energy. He appears always in evening dress before Lyceum Audiences and at Chautauqua wears the established blue and white of summer dress. He avoids all excentricities of dress and manner. NUMBER OF DATES—In the season of 1910-11 he filled what is probably the largest season for any purposeful lecturer ever booked in Lyceum history. Many engagements had to be refused. Oshkosh, Wis., 1908 Winona Lake, Ind., 1910 These pictures show the growth of the International Lyceum Association under the leadership of President Ott. THE LECTURER SENATOR ALBERT B. CUMMINGS He is an accomplished speaker, a close and indefatigable student. HILL M. BELL — President of Drake University Professor Ott is one of the most eloquent and effective lecturers on the platform today. SAMUEL STRAUSS — Editorial Writer I have oftentimes wished to congratulate you and am glad of this opportunity to do so. WILLIAM A. COLLEDGE Edward Amherst Ott is a master of the art of public speech. He is witty, forceful and eloquent in the presentation of topics which touch the center of man's deepest interest. There is no question about the value of Mr. Ott's lectures. MR. OTT'S VOICE ADRIAN M. NEWENS Mr. Ott has not only the lecture for the public to hear, but he has the voice to command a hearing; the voice to shade his meanings; voice to pry open a stony heart; the voice to make captive for an indefinite period a conquered audience. EDMUND VANCE COOKE With beautiful diction and superb variety of expression Ott flashes his sentences toward you and nearly every one of them goes through you with a thrill. ROSS CRANE — ART LECTURER Mr. Ott has a voice of the master of assemblies; it is by turns commanding, persuasive and thrilling; with power to penetrate to the most distant part of the largest auditoriums. HIS HUMOR STRICTLAND GILLILAN — HUMORIST As a lyceum lecturer (accent on both words) you have never had an equal, and I doubt if you will ever have a superior. I find the essence of You in every community where you have been. It is as distinct as a perfume; and as characteristic. PLATFORM ART FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR FRANK J. CANNON Thousands have told me that Edward Amherst Ott had convinced them of truth and inspired them to endeavor. THOS. BROOKS FLETCHER His conversation style of oratory is intense in its power to grip the finer emotions of his auditors. EDWIN BARKER He portrays with dramatic power and keeps his picture in the frame. MATERIAL USED O. T. CORSON — Ohio Educational Monthly Dr. Ott's lectures are always thought provoking and duty stirring, and therefore educative and helpful. LEE FRANCIS LYBARGER — Lecturer Mr. Ott meets the classic requirement that the orators who survive are those who voiced some world-movement. DR. F. W. GUNSAULUS Let me congratulate you on the fine effect of your lectures upon the mental life and the moral progress of the audiences to which you speak. I feel your influence is widening and enriching. LOU J. BEAUCHAMP — Lecturer There are not more than half a dozen really great lectures being delivered from the American platform at the present time. Two of these half dozen masterpieces come from the heart, brain and lips of an orator, a thinker, a scientist, and best of all a brother to men, whose name is Edward Amherst Ott. A. E. WINSHIP He has the alertness and versatility of mind, the intensity and impetuosity of delivery which the miscellaneous audience requires to keep its attention on edge from first to last. DATES FILLED REDPATH BUREAU Mr. Ott's entire career with the Lyceum and Chautauqua movement has been with the Redpath Bureau. He has filled from 150 to 273 dates each season. There are many demands for his time which we cannot fill. HIS BOOKS The text book on The Use of the Voice in Public Speaking, is used in many high schools and colleges as a companion to his text on Platform Action called, How to Gesture. His lyceum hand book is widely read by aspirants for the professional platform. His book on Efficiency in Poultry Breeding is selling at the rate of 100 a day. Mr. Ott writes for a number of Agricultural and Poultry Journals including the Country Gentleman. HIS INVENTIONS F. W. HALLETT, ASSOCIATE EDITOR POULTRY JOURNAL Mr. Ott's poultry device will revolutionize the methods of keeping poultry. JOHN A. KOHL, MANAGER INLAND PUBLISHING CO. Mr. Ott is a genius. He has given the Poultry World its best devices. His patent house called Poultry Flats is a money-maker and labor-saver. It is in use in every state in the union — in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. HIS BREEDER'S GUIDE T. E. QUISENBERRY, CHIEF OF MO. EXPER. STATION — Mountain Grove, Mo. Gentlemen: I think the line breeding guide which you sent me is a splendid thing. This worked the question of line breeding out in such a way that a breeder can't very well make a mistake if he uses any common sense and judgment at all. U. R. FISHEL, POULTRY BREEDER — Hope, Ind. I have carefully gone over the line breeding guide that you mailed me and will say that this is by far the best guide on line breeding that I ever have seen. I feel sure that any one wishing to carry on line breeding in poultry cannot very well afford to be without this valuable guide and index cards. C. S. BYERS, POULTRY JUDGE — Hazelrigg, Ind. Gentlemen: Relative to the value of your line breeding guide would say that its adoption by breeders would, in my opinion, prove a most important step forward in scientific breeding for uniform results in the production of Standard specimens as well as superior utility stock. THE PRESS FROM THE CLEVELAND, O., PRESS, 1912 Dr. Edward Amherst Ott is one of the thinkers who have been putting their ideas into concrete form for the benefit of the general public. FOSTORIA, O., TIMES At the close of a lecture a rising vote of thanks was tendered to Dr. Ott as a tribute by the audience to one of the most remarkable, electrifying, and inspiring deliverances ever uttered here. NEW YORK JOURNAL A vital extract from Sour Grapes appeared in the New York Journal as a signed editorial by Dr. Edward Amherst Ott. DAILY STAR — NILES, MICH. Again we were greeted by the same dignified, magnetic presence, the purest king's English, magnificently voiced, and experienced the uplift that ensued from original thoughts, born of wide research and deep thinking on perfectly vital subjects. Sour Grapes, or Heredity and Marriage Which has the greater influence on character, heredity or environment? How are the accumulated benefits of environment saved to the human race? Do our first class men come from Universities? How do we produce our new flowers and fruits? Is it divorce or marriage that the moralist needs to discuss? Are there personal and character qualities of the individual that are determined entirely by heredity? Why has the Juke family of New York produced nearly tweleve hundred of the criminals of that state? Could a born musician live amidst the noises of a machine shop? Why did congenital idiocy increase 150 per cent in Norway in ten years? Can environment explain the presence of both good and bad children in the same family? Can heredity explain it? Can our teachers and preachers do it all? These and other interesting questions on the ethics of biology answered by EDWARD AMHERST OTT in his lecture, Sour Grapes. First Lecture Professor Edward Amherst Ott was the pioneer in popularizing biological ethics. Eugenics is not a fad with him. He has worked out a practical breeding guide based on Mendel's laws for poultry and stock breeders. He has done much practical work in breeding. Sour Grapes has been delivered over 2000 times and has been heard by over a million people. This lecture is always the first of the series. Will Your Dream Come True Or the Haunted House Isn't it the man with the healthiest mind who wins success? What did Napoleon think was the greatest faculty of the mind? Why did Macbeth see a dagger in the air, and St. John a new heaven and a new earth? What kind of work pays the highest wages? What does Christian Science mean? Why did Franklin fly a kite, and the Indian shoot an arrow into the storm? Why did Dickens seclude himself five hours each day? Did Luther hit the Devil when he threw the ink bottle at him? Why did Joan of Arc become a great military leader, and the other French maidens stay at home? Why does a designer of clothing receive $35,000 a year, while the cutter gets $1,500? Why did it take from 1817 to 1863 to learn to shoot an oil well? These and other interesting questions on the secret of mental power answered by EDWARD AMHERST OTT in his lecture, The Haunted House. Second Lecture The Haunted House is a study in sanity — It is a very practical and interesting lecture. It is especially valuable to the people with ambition to improve their own condition. Mr. Ott has a right to speak of creative imagination as he is the author of several successful books and the inventor of many labor-saving devices. This lecture is always delivered on his second appearance. The Spenders, or the Ballot of the Dollar Is Carnegie right about the ethics of spending money? Is the hoarded dollar of any value? What do we get for our tax money? Is any of it wasted? What do Correspondence Schools cost us? What does an educated man cost the nation? What do we get for our religious money? Is it economically spent? Shall we spend our money to punish people, or to reform them? Is charity a success or a failure? What is the greatest expense of this nation? What do we get for our private money, and could we get more? What does a poor workman cost? Do you know what it costs to make a dollar bottle of patent medicine? What does it cost to advertise? Does it pay to advertise a town? Who spends the most money, men or women? Is buying a mania? These and other interesting questions on the ethics of spending answered by EDWARD AMHERST OTT in his lecture, The Spenders. Third Lecture This third lecture, The Spenders, is Mr. Ott's contribution to the War on Poverty. It sounds a sane, clear, helpful note. It has many lessons for immediate use—and a farseeing vision. It is given on his third appearance, and many say it is his best lecture. There is uplift philosophy in all the Ott lectures. A Fortune For You Or The Story of a City Do you want to hear a fascinating story of modern city building? Have you felt the uplift of local patriotism? Would you like to see your city grow? A town can become a city — a city a larger one.? Do you know why the victory of industrial development comes to some cities and not to others? Would you like to see perfect streets and beautiful parks? Do you believe beautiful homes have pure men and happy women? The How of community building is told in The Story of a City, by EDWARD AMHERST OTT of the Municipal Service League of Chicago. Fourth Lecture Many people have municipal fads — Mr. Ott has a community building philosophy. He has organized many commercial clubs and municipal campaigns. His fourth visit, on which he gives A Fortune For You, or The Story of a City, is a fitting climax in thought and purpose. His lectures are a service. Each community should hear all of them. They should be booked in the order printed here.
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